New Glarus Serendipity

New Glarus Serendipity

Rated 4.060 by BeerPals
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Brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus, WI, United States

Style:  Wild Ale

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Severe Drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The Apple crop fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with Apples, Cranberries and Cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale! 

ID: 49884 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank78
Overall Percentile99.9
Style Rank3 of 1298
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score4.1
Highest Score4.7
Average Score4.325
Weighted Score4.060
Standard Deviation0.171

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a clear ruby-amber with a nice light tan head. Aroma has a strong strawberry overtone - I LOVE strawberries! A bit of malt pokes through. Flavor is largely strawberry, sweet but not cloying, a little sour, with a malt underpinning. Firm texture is loaded with fizz. What a nice discovery.

  • BRETT 1304 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Sampled from bottle thanks to Andy! Pours hazy copper brown with an adequate hea and nice lace. Pleasant cherry aroma. The cider and berry comes out more in the flavor. Mild sourness without much wil yeast funk. A must try.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 4.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Big pop when I cracked the top. Pours a red wine copper with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a big hit with hints of cherries, raspberries, and apples. Very little noticeable carbonation, one line of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Tastes has a big sour/sweet hit at the top that quickly disappears. Hints of cherries, raspberries, and apples (who'd a thunk it?). Finishes off sticky and dry. This beer is absolutely wonderful. I wish they would make more mistakes like this one.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottle gifted from my wife - 750 ml with the standard new glarus wax. Deep ruby pour with a sharp burst of carbonation that caps nicely. Cranberry cider aromas. Notes of apple, pear, and cranberry tartness finish clean with a pleasant sweetness. Extremely refreshing but incredibly complex with nuances as it warms. A great experience, typical of new glarus.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Leave it to Dan Carey at New Glarus to take a bad cherry harvest, an okay apple harvest, and a great cranberry harvest, mix all those together and get a wonderful beer accident that only he can produce! Behold, Serendipity! A sour fruit beer that shows the skill of the brewmaster and also makes the beer drinker yearn for more from this great brewery (www.newglarusbrewing.com). While Spotted Cow seems to be the most recognizable of the brews that New Glarus produces, and it definitely has its place, they push out much more great beer than that. If you’ve never had their Double IPA, Raspberry Tart, Belgian Red, Black Top, Moon Man, Enigma and many more, it’s time to run up to Platteville or even head to Madison or New Glarus itself to check out more of their products. Serendipity is considered a fruit/sour beer and you can definitely get the tartness from this brew. The flavors of all the fruits really do a number on your taste buds, and the beer pairs perfectly with brownies, chocolate cake, or even makes a great dessert on its own.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    No surprises here - wonderful as a breakfast beer. Slightly tart and slightly sweet. Great bright full flavored feel. Maaaaaybe a hint more apple than cherry and cranberry but pretty well balanced. Love the aroma and flavor. Not very wild or sour, just a beautifully tart fruit beer!

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Another great fruity beer from New Glarus. Copper red pour with a small pinkish head that quickly disappears. Lovely cherry and apple aroma. Taste is very similar with a bit of funkiness pairing nicely with the fresh, tart cherries, apples and cranberries. Lots of carbonation yields a drying finish. What is it that sets New Glarus fruit beers so far above and beyond other fruit beers? Excellent!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    From the Hootenanny, then from the After Party tasting at Oak Ridge House of Blues. From that fabulous gentleman, Mr. PfoxyJohn. Reddish, pinkish amber pour, translucent, bubbly, light head, small lacing. HUGE fresh and crisp fruit aromas: crisp fresh apples, tart berries and cherries, cranberries, sweet goodness, light floralness and zing. Flavor, yes. And then some. Crisp apples - tart and clean, cherries - sweet and tart, then tart cranberries which give this beer a remarkable complexity although it is quite simple - fruits, blended well, expertly crafted, add yeasts and requisite unsurpassed New Glarus quality ingredients, and then bottle it. THIS was the best beer at the Hootenanny. THIS was the best beer at the After Party. THIS is the beer my wife wants us to share during Thanksgiving dinner. THIS is the best beer I've drank in 2012. PfoxyJohn, "we're not worthy, we're not worthy...."

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Mottled amber color with a slightly brown tint, swirling off white head and thick spots of lacing. Lush fruity aroma of sour cherries and tangy apples. The nose on this is exceptional. As with most of their fruit beers, the mouth feel is spot on allowing the ripeness of the fruit to develop over the palate while still maintaining glimmers of a lightly malted base beer. It's difficult not to gulp down the entire glass, it's that inviting. Flavor includes the apple and cherry notes from the aroma along with the addition of a nice sharp bite of cranberry influence. The trio of fruits play really nice together, and hints of oak and mild sourness show through as well. Leaves you wanting more.

  • MATTFUNGUS 234 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Greenish head, rich creamy flavor that the belgian red had, though the first taste is like popping a spooonful of rich raspberry jam into your mouth (though no raspberries in this one). Want to bring a bottle of wine or sparkling cider to a friends party but s/he complains that the sulfites will give them migraines...BRING THIS and they will love you (though they will need to be reassured 3-6 times that this has no sulfites in it)

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